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Looking for the perfect cobbler crust

I call Willie's Crisp a PERFECT recipe.

Smittenkitchen just posted a Crispy Peach Cobbler recipe that I'm going to try as soon as I get my hands on Farmer's Mkt peaches:

http://smittenkitchen.com/

about 13 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

Yes, I forgot about the pie crust .. I use it for that now, too. (Not that I make pie that often!)

I like an all butter recipe, no vodka .. mine shrink if I use vodka.

about 22 hours ago
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

Maybe the newer ones are better. Also, they were offering classes (that I didn't take) when I first bought mine. But, I really don't like to use the disks. You have to fit veggies in the feeder "just so."

For cole slaw, etc. I either slices thinly with a good knife or use my microplane box grater.

I use the Cuisinart for things like pesto, making cilantro mayo and other stuff.

1 day ago
walker in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

I would bet, if you were patient, you could fine a good used one at a thrift store or garage sale.

I bought mine new; I don't cook a lot but I find it necessary to own one. I've had mine many years and it's in great condition.

1 day ago
walker in Home Cooking
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What's your favorite Indian dish to cook at home?

This is my favorite chicken dish:

http://travelerslunchbox.com/2007/11/...

I also love the cardamom cake.

2 days ago
walker in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Can you rec a good Marsala to use to cook Chicken Marsala? Doesn't have to be from TJ.

Aug 25, 2015
walker in Chains

The best of NYC

I thought the same thing!

Aug 25, 2015
walker in Manhattan

What are you baking these days? August 2015

It's hard for me to relax and be satisfied with a recipe. I think I could find another carrot cake recipe I could like, such as with some pineapple and coconut.

When I go Christmas tree shopping I drive myself crazy searching the whole lot for the perfect tree.

Aug 25, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2015

I just looked them both over and they are both the CI recipe. Both, especially the first one, need to chop the pecans a little smaller, in my opinion.

When I saw the show, they used one of those push up measuring things and it works perfectly. You use 2/3 cup for each layer, 1 cup on top, rest on the sides. Personally, I'd like a bit less icing and keep meaning to cut back some. All in all, it's not too sweet.

Aug 24, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2015

Here are some: (I think it takes more than 4 carrots .. I like to buy the organic ones with greens still attached .. they have more flavor. I use Wilton's Cake Release to grease the pan. I had shred the carrots, big shreds of box grater.)

http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/carro...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/...

I searched out the buttermilk powder .. you are to keep it in fridge once opened. If you don't want to go to the trouble, just make another cream cheese icing.

Aug 24, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2015

I just made the Lemon Cream Scones from Epicurious, rec by janeh. My first time making scones; I followed the recipe but subbed currants for the dried apricots and I mixed all the zest in with the flour rather than using some for the tops. I made little biscuits. Wish I had one of those wavy cutters. My oven was right temp but mine took 19 minutes instead of 15.

Just tried one and I like it. It was easy.

We're spending a few days at a friend's house in Lake Tahoe so these are a nice gift; also bought some Devon cream.

Thanks janeh.

What are you baking these days? August 2015

I like it so much I don't feel I have to try out another carrot cake recipe.

Aug 20, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? August 2015

This is about the 3rd time I've made this Cook's Illustrated Carrot Cake. It was for my daughter's birthday. I keep meaning to make it with less icing. I think it's delicious and impressive. (That hole on top is where the candle went.)

Post Bariatric Surgery

After you lose a significant amount of weight, it might be hard to lose more. I think I'm very carb sensitive and am now trying to avoid bread. I love bread. I had surgery in 2004, lost 80 pound and would like to lose another 40. Very hard. Before surgery I was at the point of starting insulin; so far, I've been able to avoid it. With 2, 1,000 metformin a day, my A1C is 6.6.

Best to avoid alcohol, especially hard. A glass of champagne or wine now and then is ok. You will get drunk on very little alcohol. Not good with diabetes, anyway.

I still like to cook. This surgery will keep you from being ravenous. Some diabetic drugs like Actos will do that to you.

If you have anymore questions, I'd be happy to help if I can.

Aug 20, 2015
walker in Special Diets

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

You all made me get Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts by Alice Medrich; a used copy from Amazon that looks brand new .. thank you for converting me to buying used books. (But, I really have no business buying any more cookbooks!)

What recipes do you love from this one? What should I make first?

What are you baking these days? August 2015

I want to try making scones for the first time .. does anyone have a favorite recipe?

Aug 18, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

The best of NYC

That's terrific your sister did so well!

I don't live in NYC but when I visit I have to get a Nova bagel at Russ & Daughters. Get a loaf of the chocolate babka they sell and bring it back and share with your sister, or, get two.

I love the pastrami sandwich at Katz. Smitten Kitchen Blog, Deb, loves their chicken soup .. I'll have to try that next time.

Aug 17, 2015
walker in Manhattan
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

You're too modest; you're terrific at describing cheeses.

Not to steer you away, but I bought it and like it a lot but it is more mild than assertive, but I like that.

I'll bet it'd be good as a grilled cheese with a squirt of the Green Dragon sauce inside (before grilling).

Aug 17, 2015
walker in Chains

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

First, you have to fight your way into the parking lot and I think their produce isn't all that fresh sometimes and it's way overpriced. I do like the rest of the store, especially bulk section.

Aug 16, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

Maybe because I rave about Monterey Market all the time? Because of traffic, I haven't even been there in about a year. Funny, I never lived in Berkeley but I think I should have.

I really wish we had a MOnterey Market or Berkeley Bowl here; only rumors.

We're complaining about 80's and nothingswrong had 109 in Florida!

What's for Dinner #381- The Summer Doldrums Edition! [through August 16, 2015]

Those dumplings look too perfect; great job.

I live in the Sunset, SF, was 84 here today and I was sweating in the house .. had some windows open. No A/C, of course. Very unusual for us to be hot.

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

So, you're saying SSF has KENT not Keitt mangoes?

Aug 14, 2015
walker in Chains

What are you baking these days? August 2015

I used to make the above recipe with 8 but decided texture was better with 7. If you only had 6 on hand, I think it'd be fine.

You can halve the recipe but I have no trouble giving away extra of this. It'd probably freeze well, but I've never tried.

Aug 14, 2015
walker in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? August 2015

Just thought I'd throw in my favorite banana bread here; it never fails me:

Banana Bread, Kona

2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 ½ Tablespoons ground dry ginger (OR 1 large finger of ginger, peeled, grated with juice and 2 heaping teaspoons dry ginger)
1 ½ cups chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
7 large, ripe bananas, mashed
3 eggs, room temperature, beaten
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Juice of ½ lemon

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease and flour two bread pans. (Can use unflavored Pam, instead. I use Wilton’s Cake Release.) (I like to use Wilton’s 6 at a time little loaf pans, use 2 of these.)

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and dry ginger to remove lumps.
Stir in nuts, if using.

Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy, add mashed bananas, beaten eggs, lemon juice and grated rind, vanilla and fresh grated ginger .. it will be lumpy.

Stir in flour mixture until just combined.

Pour into pans and bake 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (If using little loaf pans, start checking after 25 minutes, mine take about 30 minutes .. I rotate pans half way through.)

Let cool in pans 10 minutes before letting cool completely on a wire rack.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

Blue Ice packets? When I carry a tuna salad sandwich, they keep it so cold for hours, like being in the fridge. I use a couple of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Blue...

Here are some others:

http://www.amazon.com/Bentgo-Ice-Lunc...

(I don't buy the flexible ones, they leak.)

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Have you tried the wasabi mayo? Not for wimps. I like it.

Aug 13, 2015
walker in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Today at Westlake, Daly City, CA, I found the Thomcord grapes and grabbed some. Still haven't seen the Keitt mangoes.

I picked up a bottle of that new green hot sauce .. too bad it's in a plastic bottle instead of glass. I haven't tried it yet but the checker said he loves it.

Aug 13, 2015
walker in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

I like the reduced guilt potato chips better than any other potato chips, anywhere! They are nice and crunchy.

Aug 11, 2015
walker in Chains

What's your favourite potato recipe/ potato preparation? What variety of potato?

For those short on time, I found a fast, delicious potato prep: called Little Potato Company, they have both microwave ready and grill ready containers .. I've only tried the microwave ones. I found them at Lucky store in produce near regular potatoes.

You remove the herb packet them microwave (without venting) for 5 minutes. Then you mix in the herb packet. I also add a little butter or olive oil. I happened to have fresh oregano and chives, so I also added those. So easy.

Aug 11, 2015
walker in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner? #380 - Insert weather-related title here [through August 11, 2015]

Opps .. in my note above I said I reused the non stick foil for broiling the eggplant slices .. there's no BROILING!!! You BAKE the slices for 40 minutes. (He didn't say to turn them over, so I didn't.)

Aug 10, 2015
walker in Home Cooking